Wow, October already. Perfect weather for snuggling with kittens.
Sorry to say I haven’t been out in the garden much, and it has died down a little. Trev and I got lunch at Whole Foods today, and after I got over how much cold salads (paid for by the pound) can weigh in large quantities, I ate a delicious purple beet. I love those things – pickled or boiled with a little balsamic like my mom does. If they’re really fresh like the ones the women in my family grow, they don’t need anything extra. The Whole Foods beet salad made me think about what I am going to grow next year. Beets for sure. Carrots definitely. And more lettuce.
Next year, I will start planning and planting earlier. Maybe I’ll start some seedlings inside while it’s still cold and transplant them after the last frost. And I will try my best to keep a continuous crop by planting in phases.
I have the whole long winter to plan. Speaking of long winters, I’ve been thinking a lot about those dang pioneers that I spent hours hearing about as my parents read Little House on the Prairie books to us night-after-night before bed: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. After noticing that I tend to drape the doors and furniture in the house with my wet clothes instead of using the dryer so as to not wear them out, Trev bought me a clothesline and clothespins for the back patio.
In the spirit of Little House on the Prairie, I also looked up some make-your-own laundry detergent recipes. Here is where I found the recipe, and all the ingredients are at Giant. — (That’s like a HyVee or a slightly more sophisticated Wal-Mart in D.C.)
Recipe calls for:
I scaled down the recipe from the website as I don’t have a bowl or jar large enough to fit the in-bulk one. I grated one bar of soap and mixed it with one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. I also added a few drops of lavender essential oil that I got from my host grandma in Provence.
My detergent works really well. It smells so fresh, and it’s cheaper and goes further than liquid soap. I use two tablespoons per load. I’d like to think it doesn’t contain as many harmful chemicals as liquid detergents, but who really knows these days.